3 Broadwater County families enter easement agreements with land trust

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Three Broadwater County families have put their properties into conservation easements with the Prickly Pear Land Trust — totaling 1,500 acres of protected open space.

The Hahn, Nelson and Spoon families have protected three major tracts of working agriculture, Prickly Pear Land Trust (PPLT) announced Wednesday.

PPLT notes that such easements are legal agreements between a landowner and a conservation organization to permanently protect the conservation values of the land.

Such easements limit the development potential of a property, and this transfers to all future landowners, meaning the land will remain open. Landowners who place such an easement on their property continue to own the land and can carry on with traditional uses, sell it, or pass it on to their heirs.

Mary Hollow, PPLT executive director, said they have increased protection efforts to meet increasing demand.

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“We applaud these families for their vision and commitment to agriculture in the face of massive development pressure,” she said in a news release. “It’s an honor to see through this legacy on the land.”

Nelson Farms’ property bridges a long stretch of the Missouri River adjacent to state land and another

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